Job Recruitment at Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we collaborate to put bold solutions into action – helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within, now and for the future. In Nigeria, Mercy Corps operates in over 13 states focusing on key thematic areas of humanitarian response, conflict mitigation and adolescent girls’ empowerment.
We recruiting to fill the position below:

 

Job Title: Vocational Training Program Officer (MAIDA)
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Program / Department Summary

  • The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State.
  • The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.
  • Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective. First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities.
  • In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.
  • These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.
  • Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return. Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding.
  • Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Vocational Training Program Officer is a technical specialist that oversees the vocational training and apprenticeship components of the MAIDA programme.
  • The Vocational Training Programme Officer is responsible for a cluster of ten communities in Borno State.
  • S/he will work closely with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Borno State Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Youth Empowerment to expend the existing Entrepreneurship Development Program and Skills for Jobs Program and will work with Skills Acquisition Centers to train at-risk youth and provide support for job placement.
  • The Vocational Training Programme Officer will also support the creation of Multi-Skills Training and Resource Centers and conduct labor market assessments to guide vocational offerings.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with the Community Mobilization Team to identify potential beneficiaries and enroll them into vocational skills training courses.
  • Conduct labor market and needs assessments to identify in-demand vocational skills.
  • Support the creation of Multi-Skills Training and Resource Centers in areas of return not already served by government facilities.
  • Lead the development and implementation of vocational skills, entrepreneurship, climate-smart agriculture and other training modules in assigned geographic area.
  • Lead the implementation of an apprenticeship program that connects youth with existing businesses. Identify local businesses accepting apprenticeships, coordinate transparent apprenticeship application and placement processes, monitor apprentice performance, ensure protection practices are followed by apprentice hosts and address complaints raised by apprentices and apprentice hosts.
  • Lead the implementation of a cash grants for livelihood start-ups project that provides financial support to youth starting enterprises.
  • Support the Monitoring and Evaluation Team to conduct monitoring of program activity implementation and outcomes.
  • Coordinate activities with the Federal-level Youth Empowerment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Borno State Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Youth Empowerment and the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Entrepreneurship Development Center to ensure complementarity of activities.
  • Produce reports, including spreadsheets, reflecting trainings, apprenticeships and cash grants, number of beneficiaries and any other information relevant to the programme.
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of activities and impact and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Conduct him/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned or required.

Organizational Learning:

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • A minimum of a B.S. in education, international development or a related field. M.Sc. preferred.
  • 4 years of experience working on the direct implementation of technical training, workforce development or entrepreneurship activities required.
  • Ability to work independently in the field and show initiative.
  • Experience with youth and youth mobilization.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to develop good relationships with target communities.
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local stakeholders, private sector actors, the Government and partners.
  • Excellent oral, written and computer skills.
  • Fluency in English, Hausa and Kanuri is required.

Success Factors:

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required. A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

 

 

Job Title: Site Engineer (MAIDA)
Location:
 Maiduguri
Program / Department Summary

  • The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State.
  • The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.
  • Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective.
  • First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities.
  • In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.
  • These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.
  • Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return.
  • Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding.
  • Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Site Engineer is responsible for the design and quality of all construction of shelter and community assets in a programme target area of ten communities, as well as the rehabilitation of vocational technical training centers.
  • S/he leads the identification, design, implementation, monitoring and reporting on engineering project activities and administrative tasks in his/her assigned area.
  • S/he will also manage all administration and security of Mercy Corps engineering activities in his/her assigned area.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Assess and prepare technical documentation, including bills of quantities, for the construction of shelters, community assets and vocational technical training centers. Develop action plans for project implementation including all technical specifications for project construction and/or rehabilitation.
  • Participate in the review of tender documents and pre-qualification of vendors and contractors.
  • Responsible for the daily implementation of project activities and progress at work sites.
  • Supervise all technical aspects of project implementation. Ensure projects are completed in a timely, efficient and accurate manner in accordance with standard engineering methods.
  • Assist in the recruitment and lead supervision of all required personnel for project implementation.
  • Develop and maintain good lines of communication and relationships with local authorities and the local community.
  • Regularly update project implementation plans to programme management with associated time lines.
  • Ensure a safe working environment for all people involved in project implementation.
  • Maintain detailed work plans and written records of engineering work undertaken by the project.
  • Maintain awareness of and responsibility for the security situation on project sites. Based upon this knowledge take adequate measures to ensure the safety of any and all MC staff and equipment in the project area.
  • Follow all MC protocols and regulations according to guidance provided by the direct supervisor.
  • Conduct him/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned or required.

Organizational Learning:

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • University Degree in Engineering.
  • Minimum of two years’ work experience in engineering project implementation and supervision.
  • Spoken and written English proficiency is essential.
  • Proficiency in a variety of local languages preferred.
  • Physically able to spend the long periods in the field.

Success Factors

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required.
  • A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.

 

 

Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant (MAIDA)
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Program / Department Summary

  • The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State. The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.
  • Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective. First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities.
  • In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.
  • These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.
  • Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return.
  • Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding. Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant will work with the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer as part of a team to operationalize the MAIDA M&E system.
  • The M&E Assistant is responsible for supporting Mercy Corps staff and partners to regularly collect, enter, verify and analyze data and make timely database adjustments to measure the impact of the MAIDA programme.
  • The M&E Assistant will work directly with the Senior M&E Officer and will closely coordinate with other programme staff to help ensure monitoring and evaluation data is accurately incorporated into all reports and information products.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Understand and maintain an M&E system database that improves Mercy Corps’ ability to inform program implementation, analyze data and represent impact to donors, government, partner organizations and communities.
  • Ensure all relevant programme staff are able to utilize the database to analyse program information and results.
  • Regularly review data entered into the M&E system to locate and fix problems with data entry or integrity.
  • Manage regular synchronizations and backups of field data to cloud-based data management system.
  • Troubleshoot front and back end issues with the database, including any synchronisation issues of field-level data.
  • Work as part of a team to facilitate and support M&E operations including baseline, annual and endline surveys, regular monitoring, data collection, analysis and reporting according to the M&E work plan.
  • Generate data (tables/graphs/reports) from the M&E database at regular intervals, ensuring reports/information are available for programme implementation staff when required. Facilitate data analysis with programme implementation team as requested.
  • Conduct regular field visits to ensure all elements of the M&E system and database are utilized effectively by all stakeholders, assessing and identifying breakdowns and areas that require clarifications and improvements.
  • Ensure field teams always have the most recent version of all M&E tools and documents.
  • Assist the team in improving the MAIDA’s M&E systems by identifying good practices, field tested lessons learned and creative recommendations; share with and encourage staff to incorporate these in their daily work.
  • Work closely with the Senior M&E Officer to develop and deliver staff/partner trainings, improving capacities in monitoring, evaluation and database management.
  • Review or edit data in reports as requested and required.
  • Carry out any other duties as assigned or required.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

Organizational Learning: 

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
  • to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Three or more years of experience working in the NGO sector in M&E, ideally in conflict management, peacebuilding, community development or economic and market development.
  • A university degree in social sciences or a related field is required.
  • Prior experience carrying out surveys or conducting qualitative and quantitative data collection.
  • Prior experience with computerized data management systems.
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel and Access.
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with a solid understanding of quantitative indicators and data collection strategies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, Hausa and Kanuri is required.

Success Factors:

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required.  A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

 

 

 

Job Title: Nutrition Coordinator (MAIDA)
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Program / Department Summary 
The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State. The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way. Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective.
First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities. In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives. These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.
Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return. Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding. Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Nutrition Coordinator oversees nutrition sensitization programming on the food security and agriculture components of the MAIDA program.
  • S/he provides an inclusive forum for sharing, adapting, refining and disseminating information on nutrition methodologies, tools and promising practices.
  • The Nutrition Coordinator works closely with Mercy Corps, partner, BOSADP and government staff, as appropriate, on adopting and adapting materials and methodologies.

Essential Job Responsibilities 

  • Coordinate and oversee the implementation of nutrition activities with responsibility for ensuring quality program delivery.
  • Coordinate with other food security, nutrition and health teams, both internal and external to Mercy Corps, to ensure complementary approaches.
  • Provide technical guidance for nutrition-related projects and activities under the programme.
  • Collaborate on the monitoring of activity performance including providing relevant performance indicators and conducting field visits to project locations.
  • Develop, lead and evaluate initiatives to build capacity of Mercy Corps, partner and government staff on nutrition, including carrying out long-term integrated strategies and activities.
  • Facilitate the sharing of nutrition materials and best practices across beneficiary communities through knowledge management and communication strategies.
  • Participate in developing recommendations for new areas of nutrition research and programming. Promote innovation in behavioral interventions and communication.
  • Provide teams and implementing partners with expertise and technical support to ensure best practices in social and behavioral interventions and communication campaigns.
  • Provide technical advice and support to facilitate learning related to nutrition and social and behavioral change programming.
  • Collaborate with strategic communications experts and to develop and coordinate nutrition-related communications for communities.
  • Lead the preparation of technical communication pieces related to nutrition sensitization as it relates to public health, gender, poverty, private sector engagement, food security and nutrition policy, and present findings to relevant audiences.
  • Develop fact sheets, briefs and other materials to expand communication and advocacy.
  • Seek the latest developments in the fields of communication platforms, channels and other tools.
  • Carry out any other duties as required or assigned.

Organizational Learning:

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Four years of experience in nutrition and/or public health programming, policy and/or research.
  • A university degree (preferably a Master’s degree) in Nutrition, Communications, Public Health, Social Psychology or other relevant field.
  • Two years of experience with a non-governmental organization or in a resource-challenged setting.
  • Experience working on behavioral change programming and/or strategic communications.
  • Knowledge of nutrition and food security issues in North East Nigeria. Experience designing, planning, implementing and evaluation nutritional behavioral change interventions.
  • Knowledge of theories and frameworks relevant to individual behavioral change.
  • Advanced computer skills in MS Office programs, particularly Excel and Word.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, Hausa and Kanuri is required.

Success Factors

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required.
  • A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours.
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

 

 

Job Title: Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (MAIDA)
Location
: Maiduguri, Borno
Program/Department Summary

  • The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State.
  • The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.
  • Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective.
  • First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities.
  • In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.
  • These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.
  • Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return.
  • Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding.
  • Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer is responsible for supporting the Programme Director in ensuring performance monitoring and results reporting across the entire MAIDA program are in place, effectively implemented and well-synchronized.
  • Throughout the life of the program, s/he is responsible for:
    • Cross-cutting programme information management;
    • Monitoring and evaluation of programme activities and impact; c) promoting learning and the use of data to improve programme performance; and
    • Producing qualitative and quantitative reports.
  • The Senior M&E Officer will manage all M&E activities, including the collection and analysis of data, within an assigned geographic region.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Support the Country MEL Manager & Programme Director in the development of effective M&E tools that can be implemented by field staff and partners.
  • Support the technical implementation of the M&E plan for the programme in an assigned target area.
  • Lead capacity building sessions on data collection, processing and management for programme team and partner staff.
  • Provide hands-on M&E technical support to the Senior Programme Officers, M&E Assistants and partner staff at LGA and community levels.
  • Work with the SPOs, M&E assistants, partner staff and target communities to develop community based monitoring plans and data capturing tools.
  • Submit weekly, monthly, bi-annual and annual progress reports on activity-level indicators for the programme.
  • In consultation with the MEL Manager and in joint collaboration with partners, assist in mobilization and coordination of data enumerators and provide training on data collection, processing and management at the field level, as required.
  • Support the implementation of baseline, midline and endline surveys, research projects and other data collection processes, as required.
  • Conduct analysis of programme data as requested.
  • Identify areas for programme improvement based on data collected and report back to SPOs and programme management.
  • Ensure programme MIS is up-to-date, operational and accessible.
  • Coordinate monthly data upload and engage with LGA and sector teams to ensure data availability and completeness.
  • Ensure data quality through regular data quality assessment visits to LGAs and project communities.
  • Provide regular feedback to teams on data quality and performance against project milestones.
  • Develop and disseminate monthly learning data and performance dashboard to all programme staff.
  • Ensure proper storage of project evaluation data.
  • Actively participate in meetings to promote the integration of MEL practices into effective program management.
  • Strengthen staff capacity in interpretation and use of both routine data collection and periodic evaluation/assessment tools through comprehensive training and coaching.
  • Problem-solve with others to address shortfalls in monitoring, evaluation and information management that affect program implementation.
  • Utilize internal Mercy Corps global online information-sharing resources to enhance organizational learning.
  • Support development of abstracts and success stories through provision of qualitative and quantitative information and data.
  • Write reports as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

Organizational Learning:

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • A Degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Statistics or relevant field, with a strong foundation in monitoring and evaluation.
  • Minimum of 4 years of M&E work experience in international development required; ideal candidate will have both theoretical and practical background in M&E.
  • Knowledge of program development, implementation, evaluation and reporting.
  • Experience supervising M&E teams and building team capacity to deliver high-quality results.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with Excel, PowerPoint, and at least one statistical data analysis software.
  • Experience working in North East Nigeria preferred.
  • Knowledge of mobile and digital data collection and management tools preferred.
  • Fluency in written and verbal English required.
  • Fluent oral communication skills in Hausa and Kanuri required.

Success Factors

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required.  A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

 

 

Job Title: Senior Program Officer (MAIDA)
Location: 
Maiduguri
Program / Department Summary

  • The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State.
  • The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.
  • Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective. First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities.
  • In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.
  • These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.
  • Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return. Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding.
  • Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Senior Program Officer ensures implementation of MAIDA activities is on-time, on-scope and on-budget in one LGA in Borno State. Using effective systems to reach desired programme impact, s/he is responsible for the daily, weekly and monthly planning of staff, field volunteers and partners to fulfill MAIDA’s activities.
  • Responsible for all programme implementation in the assigned LGA, the Senior Programme Officer effectively coordinates activities and staff members working in the LGA, engages communities in programme activities, manages community, government and partner relationships, promotes the effective integration of M&E systems into activities, uses data to identify and address programme performance gaps, ensures quality project delivery and takes a lead in addressing community concerns.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight and leadership of the programme in the assigned LGA, implementing activities according to the programme logical framework and work plan.
  • Support the Programme Director and Deputy Programme Director in ensuring that the overall goal and objectives of the programme are achieved within the assigned LGA.
  • Develop an activity level implementation work plan for daily, monthly and quarterly targets for assigned LGA.
  • Lead relationships with partners, government and communities in assigned LGA.
  • Plan, organize and conduct quality community training sessions with targeted communities.
  • Support and monitor sub-grant organizations as they implement their activity plans to ensure timely and quality delivery of program services.
  • Monitor and report on programme progress with the support of the M&E team in area of assignment. Submit weekly, monthly, bi-annual and annual reports.
  • Productively participate in planning and review sessions called by sector managers and programme leadership.
  • Participate and provide leadership to assessments, surveys and research within the assigned LGA.
  • Participate at delegated coordination meetings or events relevant to the programme and provide detailed reports on meeting actions and deliverables.
  • Support the design, formalization and management of standard operating procedures.
  • Ensure the quality and integrity of implementation, including adherence to technical guidelines, administrative systems, established deadlines and compliance requirements.
  • Ensure implementation of activities is on-time, on-scope and on-budget, using effective systems to reach desired programme impact.
  • Ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources.
  • In collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team, implement relevant surveys, need assessments, and data collection systems for on-going monitoring in the assigned LGA.
  • Promote a collaborative work environment between team members engaged in the assigned LGA.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives in the assigned LGA.
  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with sub-grantee, local governments, communities, beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

Organizational Learning:

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • A minimum of a B.S. in International Development, Management, Social Sciences or a related field (e.g., agronomy, agriculture, education, economics). M.Sc. in a relevant field is preferred.
  • 5 years of experience working on the direct implementation of resilience programming.
  • Ability to work independently in the field and show initiative.
  • Experience in agriculture, livelihoods and social cohesion activities preferred.
  • Experience managing teams preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to develop good relationships with target communities.
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local stakeholders, private sector actors, the Government and partners.
  • Excellent oral, written and computer skills.
  • Fluency in English, Hausa and Kanuri is required.

Success Factors

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required. A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

 

 

Job Title: Deputy Program Director (MAIDA)
Location:
 Maiduguri
Program / Department Summary

  • The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State.
  • The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.
  • Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective.
  • First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities.
  • In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.
  • These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.
  • Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return.
  • Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding.
  • Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Deputy Programme Director is responsible for overall day-to-day management and coordination of the MAIDA program at field level.
  • S/he will manage, coordinate, supervise and evaluate program staff in all target LGAs and communities.
  • S/he will also provide technical and strategic management support to the programme.
  • The Deputy Programme Director will promote a culture of constant programme improvement, mentor the programme team, integrate monitoring and evaluation into programme activities and ensure the delivery of high-quality programme that delivers impact.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision:

  • Provide leadership and strategic vision in all aspects of the programme’s development, implementation and management.
  • Manage the day-to-day activities of the programme in Borno State.
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.
  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives and impact.
  • Support evaluation assessments and analysis to identify areas for programme improvement.

Program Management:

  • Coordinate the implementation of programme activities in each of the seven target LGAs and 30 communities; ensure implementation of activities is on-time, on-scope and on-budget using effective management systems to reach desired impacts.
  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely reporting according to Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures.
  • Identify and manage links with existing and planned donor interventions that promote resiliency in target communities in Borno State.
  • Identify Nigerian partners – NGOs as well as vocational training/skills centers – to participate in MAIDA activities.
  • In collaboration with the M&E team, ensure monitoring, evaluation and analysis are integrated into program design and implementation to promote adaptive management and a culture of constant programme improvement.
  • Support the design and implementation of relevant surveys, need assessments, data and information collection for on-going monitoring and learning.
  • Organize and conduct site-visits to the project sites and host visitors and donors, as needed.

Team Management:

  • Sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • With the Programme Director, supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Implement performance planning and management systems.
  • Consolidate work plans for each target LGA into one programme-level work plan. Ensure timely delivery of activities.

Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.

Organizational Learning:

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Management, Social Sciences, International Development or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 8 years of progressive work experience including at least 3 years in a senior management or technical advisory role on large, resilience-focused programme.
  • Experience managing large-scale programmes required. Expertise in at least one of the following areas preferred: agriculture, nutrition, youth empowerment, social cohesion, protection, increasing economic assets.
  • Strong understanding of EU compliance issues.
  • Strong management skills. Experience managing a multi-organizational team preferred.
  • Experience working in North East Nigeria preferred.
  • Experience with M4P methodologies and private-sector initiatives preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Ability to speak fluently in Hausa is essential while the ability to speak fluently in Kanuri is preferred
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Demonstrated experience working with State-level ministries and government officials.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships. Able to represent the organization to a broad range of stakeholders.

Success Factors

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required.
  • A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.

 

 

Job Title: Deputy Program Director (MAIDA)
Location:
 Maiduguri
Program / Department Summary

  • The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State.
  • The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.
  • Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective.
  • First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities.
  • In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.
  • These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.
  • Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return.
  • Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding.
  • Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Deputy Programme Director is responsible for overall day-to-day management and coordination of the MAIDA program at field level.
  • S/he will manage, coordinate, supervise and evaluate program staff in all target LGAs and communities.
  • S/he will also provide technical and strategic management support to the programme.
  • The Deputy Programme Director will promote a culture of constant programme improvement, mentor the programme team, integrate monitoring and evaluation into programme activities and ensure the delivery of high-quality programme that delivers impact.

Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision:

  • Provide leadership and strategic vision in all aspects of the programme’s development, implementation and management.
  • Manage the day-to-day activities of the programme in Borno State.
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.
  • Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions and resources to achieve objectives and impact.
  • Support evaluation assessments and analysis to identify areas for programme improvement.

Program Management:

  • Coordinate the implementation of programme activities in each of the seven target LGAs and 30 communities; ensure implementation of activities is on-time, on-scope and on-budget using effective management systems to reach desired impacts.
  • Create and maintain systems ensuring effective and transparent use of financial resources for timely reporting according to Mercy Corps and donor policies and procedures.
  • Identify and manage links with existing and planned donor interventions that promote resiliency in target communities in Borno State.
  • Identify Nigerian partners – NGOs as well as vocational training/skills centers – to participate in MAIDA activities.
  • In collaboration with the M&E team, ensure monitoring, evaluation and analysis are integrated into program design and implementation to promote adaptive management and a culture of constant programme improvement.
  • Support the design and implementation of relevant surveys, need assessments, data and information collection for on-going monitoring and learning.
  • Organize and conduct site-visits to the project sites and host visitors and donors, as needed.

Team Management:

  • Sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.
  • With the Programme Director, supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.
  • Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
  • Implement performance planning and management systems.
  • Consolidate work plans for each target LGA into one programme-level work plan. Ensure timely delivery of activities.

Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to emergency programming.

Organizational Learning:

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Management, Social Sciences, International Development or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 8 years of progressive work experience including at least 3 years in a senior management or technical advisory role on large, resilience-focused programme.
  • Experience managing large-scale programmes required. Expertise in at least one of the following areas preferred: agriculture, nutrition, youth empowerment, social cohesion, protection, increasing economic assets.
  • Strong understanding of EU compliance issues.
  • Strong management skills. Experience managing a multi-organizational team preferred.
  • Experience working in North East Nigeria preferred.
  • Experience with M4P methodologies and private-sector initiatives preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Ability to speak fluently in Hausa is essential while the ability to speak fluently in Kanuri is preferred
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Demonstrated experience working with State-level ministries and government officials.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships. Able to represent the organization to a broad range of stakeholders.

Success Factors

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required.
  • A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.

 

 

Job Title: Community Mobilization Officer (MAIDA)
Location
: Maiduguri, Borno
Program/Department Summary

  • The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State.
  • The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.
  • Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective.
  • First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities.
  • In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.
  • These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.
  • Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return.
  • Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peace building.
  • Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Community Mobiliser is responsible to mobilize communities to participate in meetings, visits, dialogues and other programme activities and works with the community on a day-to-day basis.
  • The community mobilizer is responsible for community engagement within their assigned LGA situated in Borno State.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Map community leaders, groups and individuals and provide input and guidance on the choice of community leaders, groups and individuals to engage with.
  • Schedule meetings with the identified relevant stakeholders and guide the project staff to the various meeting points within the LGA as required.
  • Support in taking meeting notes and collecting relevant data.
  • Frequently update the project team on all outreach and engagement activities with the identified stakeholders from the meetings. This includes all meetings, one-on-one interviews, phone calls, email exchanges and any additional public outreach activities.
  • Conduct him/herself professionally as a representative of Mercy Corps to the community.
  • Conduct self both professionally and personally in a manner that brings credit to Mercy Corps and does not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in Nigeria.
  • Carry out any other duties as assigned or required.

Organizational Learning:

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Educational qualification in relevant field required (Sociology, Psychology, Economics and Business Administration)
  • 2 years of experience working on the development, implementation, administration and compliance of a field-based international development or humanitarian programs required.
  • Ability to prepare concise reports.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to identify beneficiaries according to criteria.
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local stakeholders.
  • Excellent oral, written and computer skills.
  • Fluency in English, Hausa and Kanuri is required.

Success Factors

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required.  A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

 

 

Job Title: Agricultural Coordinator (MAIDA)
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Program / Department Summary 
The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State. The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way. Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective.
First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities. In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives. These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups.
Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return. Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding. Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.
General Position Summary

  • The Agricultural Coordinator will oversee all agricultural activities under Output One of the programme, including the provision of grants and inputs vouchers, rehabilitation and formation of agriculture, and livestock cooperatives and linkage of farmers and livestock producers to upstream value chains and financial services.
  • The Agricultural Coordinator will also build the capacity of agricultural extension workers to train farmers to diversify their crops to improve household nutrition security.
  • The Agricultural Coordinator will promote climate-sensitive agriculture techniques and methodologies and promote gender sensitivity and equity in all programme activities.
  • S/he will work closely with Mercy Corps team members mobilizing community groups and Mercy Corps partners.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with the Community Mobilization Team to identify potential beneficiaries, existing agriculture and livestock cooperatives and informal agricultural savings and credit associations in order to promote rural rehabilitation and secure the livelihoods of farmers and livestock producers.
  • Rehabilitate farmer and livestock associations where possible and organize farmers and livestock producers into groups that can become farmer associations in the future.
  • Conduct community agriculture needs assessments as and when required.
  • Build the capacities of partner organizations’ Agriculture Extension Officers in the areas of resilient agriculture techniques and gender inclusion.
  • Demonstrate agro-techniques to Agriculture Extension Officers and farmers including land preparation, seed cultivation, irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, et cetera.
  • Identify different varieties of agriculture crops and crop adaptation for onward dissemination to farmer associations and Agriculture Extension Officers.
  • Support the establishment of innovation and demonstration farms that become models and extension education tools in the target areas.
  • When the security situation allows it, perform training sessions in the field and provide TOT to Community Mobilizers and Agriculture Extension Officers in coordination with BOSADP.
  • Conduct routine market surveys to better define marketing strategies and connect farmers and livestock producers to upstream value chains. Document and file surveys.
  • Support access to finance for farmers and livestock producers through the Bank of Agriculture (when possible) and through the formation of Village Savings and Loan Associations where access to the Bank of Agriculture is not feasible.
  • Support the selection of beneficiaries eligible to receive agricultural input cash grants or vouchers.
  • Network with and monitor chosen agricultural input suppliers and vendors to ensure appropriate and consistent stocking of inputs for voucher redemption.
  • Produce reports, including spreadsheets, reflecting voucher and cash grant distribution, geographic area, number of beneficiaries and any other information relevant to the programme.
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of activities and make recommendations for improvements.
  • Conduct him/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in Nigeria.
  • Carry out any other duties as assigned.

Organizational Learning

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Security

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum of a B.Sc in Agriculture or a related field (e.g: agronomy, animal science, horticulture, agro-economics etc). M.Sc. in relevant field preferred.
  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience working on the direct implementation of agriculture rehabilitation and development activities required.
  • Ability to work independently in the field and show initiative.
  • Experience in farmer and community group mobilization.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to develop good relationships with target communities.
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local stakeholders, private sector actors, the Government and partners.
  • Excellent oral, written and computer skills.
  • Fluency in English, Kanuri and Hausa essential.

Success Factors

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required.
  • A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours.
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

 

 

Job Title: Cash Transfer Officer (MAIDA)
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Program / Department Summary

  • The MAIDA programme will directly support the recovery of at least 70,000 women, men, girls and boys who are returnees, IDPs and members of host communities affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in southern and central Borno State.
  • The objective of MAIDA is to increase the social cohesion and resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks in Borno State in an environmentally-conscious way.
  • Four interrelated and mutually reinforcing intermediate outcomes will contribute to achieving this objective.
  • First, MAIDA will restore and improve rural livelihoods in an ecologically sustainable manner by enabling households to take advantage of existing and new agricultural market opportunities. In parallel, adolescents and youth will be empowered as economic actors in their communities through access to employment, diversified livelihood opportunities, vocational training and business development initiatives.
  • These outcomes will be reinforced by improved access to social protection and community-based services for women, youth, adolescent breadwinners and other at-risk groups. Finally, overall social cohesion will be strengthened within and between conflict-affected communities and environmental resource management will be improved in areas of displacement and return.
  • Sectors of intervention will include market-led and climate-smart livelihood and employment opportunities, vocational training for youth, social and economic protection and community reintegration and peacebuilding. Economic recovery activities will build resilience through Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) market systems-based models, reducing poverty by enhancing the ways that poor and vulnerable households interact with markets.

General Position Summary

  • The Cash Transfer Officer is responsible to oversee cash transfer beneficiary selection processes, registration and disbursement of cash transfers, follow-up monitoring and handling of complaints.
  • S/he is responsible for assisting in the implementation of cash transfer programming activities in ten intervention communities in Borno State.
  • S/he will supervise all projects, project selection and planning, project assets, local government and community liaison work, monitoring and payment. S/he may also support other livelihood sector activities

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Plan and ensure the effective implementation of cash transfer programming (CTP) in ten assigned communities in Borno State.
  • Contribute to all CTP related field work, including community mobilization, beneficiary identification and registration, distributions and monitoring.
  • Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to established vulnerability criteria.
  • Coordinate payment procedures, including documentation, approval and actual payment.
  • Maintain all documentation relating to CTP activities required to ensure accountability to beneficiaries and the donor.
  • Oversee administrative matters relating directly to cash transfer activities including reconciliation with cash-out agents following distributions.
  • Contribute to effective program reporting and monitoring and evaluation systems in coordination with M&E team members and other program staff.
  • Prepare monthly cash requirement forecast for CTP activities.
  • Provide information on CTP activities as requested by supervisors and the M&E team.
  • Support orientation for all new staff on CTP.
  • Report on any problems encountered in the field such as project participant complaints, local authority interference and security threats to MC staff and activities.  Coordinate with MC Security Officer and supervisors on any threats to MC staff and activities.
  • Follow-up on incidents and security threats in areas of operation.
  • Conduct self both professionally and personally in a manner that brings credit to Mercy Corps and does not jeopardize its humanitarian mission in Nigeria.
  • Carry out all other duties as assigned or required.

Organizational Learning:

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Work closely with Mercy Corps Nigeria country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team in all aspects of its implementation process.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
  • to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Knowledge and Experience

  • BA/S in relevant field required (Accounting, Business Administration, Banking & Finance)
  • 3 years of experience working on the development, implementation, administration and compliance of a field-based international development or humanitarian programs required; general program management experience preferred.
  • Prior experience implementing distributions is required, preferably in a non-camp setting.
  • Experience with CTP or other community micro-projects strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to identify beneficiaries according to criteria.
  • Experience with running assessments, monitoring and evaluation and other learning efforts.
  • Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local and international government officials, local civil society organizations, other international organizations, the media and beneficiaries.
  • Demonstrated training and facilitation experience.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing.
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent oral, written and computer skills.
  • Fluency in English, Hausa and Kanuri is required.

Success Factors:

  • The ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required. A demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities is necessary.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
  • Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours.Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their CV’s and Cover Letter in one document, addressing the position requirements to: ng-recruitment.nigeria@mercycorps.org All applications must include the position title in the subject line, be not more than four pages.

Note: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview and we are an equal opportunity organization so women are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

 

Application Deadline: 4th August, 2017.

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